The Founders' Monument is Notre Dame's version of Plymouth
Rock. It was erected in 1906 to mark what was supposedly the
"exact" spot where Father Sorin and six Holy Cross brothers
first arrived in their new world of Notre Dame; That spot
was immediately west of the building now known as Bond Hall.
When the hall was enlarged, however, the Founders' Monument
had to be moved to the north side of the building. It was
taken apart stone by stone and re-assembled on the gentle
hillside that now commemorates the exact vicinity where, on
November 26, 1842, Father Sorin and the brothers first set
foot on Notre Dame soil. Because the founding brothers'
patron was St. Joseph, a statue atop the monument depicts
St. Joseph holding the Christ Child. If you look closely,
you can see lilies in Joseph's hand. The lilies represent
the purity of his wife Mary, and the statue, quite properly,
looks toward St. Mary's Lake. The monument not only
possesses a fine view of the water, but also enjoys a
naturally placid setting that serves as a fine transition
between the solitude of the religious territory around the
lakes and the bustle of the campus proper. Shaded by maples
and surrounded by flowers, it's one of Notre Dame's
prettiest places to rest and reflect.